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Removal of Fish Springs wild horses put on hold

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Published: Jul. 28, 2018 at 12:49 AM PDT
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3:00 p.m. Sunday update:

The Bureau of Land Management Nevada has released an updated statement regarding suspending a wild horse gathering operation for the Fish Springs herd area.

“Following conversations with community members, the BLM will suspend a wild horse gather operation in the Fish Springs area near Gardnerville, Nevada. The BLM appreciates the commitment of all local area residents to work cooperatively toward positive outcomes. Additionally, the BLM looks forward to continuing its long-standing relationship with the Fish Springs community as we work together to find community-based management solutions that are in the best interests of both the area residents and the wild horses.”

ORIGINAL STORY:

A roundup of wild horses in the Fish Springs Herd area will be suspended for the time being, according to Nevada BLM.

The roundup was initially supposed to begin the first week of August, but the Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates (PNWHA) leaders say the hold on the removal of horses in Fish Springs allows the BLM to work with the PNWHA to identify a way to work together moving forward.

“After coordination with Department of the Interior leadership and the BLM, we have been notified that the previously planned roundup will not occur,” said Sheila Schwadel, board member of PNWHA. “As a community we are pleased with the progress of the Administration and are optimistic for the future of our horses.”

The plan was to leave just 26 adult horses and 8 colts in the Fish Springs area. Schwadel says right now there are 78 horses in the herd area.

BLM Carson City released this statement regarding the stopping of the roundup. “Due to community concerns and the need to investigate physical threats against BLM employees, the BLM will suspend a wild horse gather operation in the Fish Springs area near Gardnerville, Nevada. The BLM appreciates the commitment of all local area residents to work cooperatively toward positive outcomes. The BLM looks forward to continuing its long-standing relationship with the Fish Springs community as we work together to find community-based management solutions that are in the best interests of both the area residents and the wild horses.”

This news doesn't impact the Pine Nut Mountains Herd Management Area that will see 525 horses removed come this fall.

The

of Fish Springs protested the removal of the horse at a community meeting held a few weeks ago.

BLM

safety concerns and not enough resources available for all of the horses in the area.